10 Kirkland Items You Should Always Buy at Costco
These high-quality, low-priced picks give you the most bang for your buck.
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When Consumer Reports put different bacon brands to the test several years ago, Kirkland Signature soared above the rest, thanks to its crispy texture and smoky-sweet flavor — which is even more impressive considering its low price.
Across the board, Costco’s value-sized bottles of booze get rave reviews. Its vodka in particular has developed a cult following, with rumors swirling it shares the same water source as Grey Goose.
The luxury vodka brand denies those claims, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing — the cheap Kirkland version actually outshines Grey Goose in taste tests. Just $25 for 1.75 liters of high-quality liquor? Can’t beat that. These are the 11 Costco items you think will save you money — but won’t.
Kirkland’s food wrap gets high marks for its durability, so the low price is a bonus. By paying less than $10 for two 750-square-foot rolls, you won’t need to stock up on plastic wrap again for a long time.
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In a Consumer Reports test, Kirkland’s pure maple syrup was the cheapest option (75 cents per serving) and still managed to score stellar reviews. Testers deemed its taste “very good,” while the priciest choice in its category, Camp Pure Maple Syrup — which costs almost three times more per ounce — was only rated “good.”
No matter how tasty they are, it can be hard to justify the price of pistachios — unless you’re at Costco. At face value, a $15 bag seems like a lot, but you’ll change your mind when you see the three-pound package you get. For comparison, a two-pound bag of Wonderful pistachios costs $13 on Amazon.
Really, you can’t go wrong with any Kirkland nuts, so stock up on walnuts and mixed nuts too. On your way, stop by The Home Depot and pick up these great-value items.
With more protein and fiber than white rice, quinoa has unsurprisingly gone from food fad to kitchen staple. Unfortunately, that hasn’t convinced most companies to lower their prices. At Target, you’ll get three pounds for $13 (not bad), but Costco offers 4-1/2 pounds for $9. It’s still not as cheap as rice, but it’s definitely a healthier option.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
A 2010 report found that most EVOO on U.S. store shelves wasn’t extra virgin like their labels claimed. One notable exception: Kirkland’s organic version. So not only are you paying less per serving than you would at the supermarket, but you’re guaranteed good quality. How’s that for a deal?
If you think everything tastes better when covered in cheese, Costco is the place to be. From goat cheese and Brie to Parmesan and Pecorino Romano, its cheeses are cheesemonger-quality with warehouse prices.
The value-sized hunks of cheese might be excessive for a dinner for two, but Kirkland should be your go-to if you’re planning a party. Just steer clear of these things you should never buy at Costco.
Health experts can’t stop raving about the benefits of nuts, but man, are they expensive — and Costco agrees. The warehouse store reportedly stopped selling other brands almost entirely when they couldn’t justify their high prices.
Now you can get a three-pound bag of Kirkland Signature almonds for just $13, which isn’t much more than you’d normally pay for a Blue Diamond bag almost half its size.
When you have an infant in tow, the last thing you want to worry about is overpriced baby formula. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strict nutrition requirements for baby formula, and Costco’s version follows through at an affordable price. The non-GMO Kirkland baby formula’s ingredient list is nearly identical to Similac Advance’s, but it costs about half as much per ounce.
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[Source for most prices: thriftynorthwestmom.com]